CAW Working With Pride

Toronto, Ontario

June 29, 2001


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 CAW Working With Pride
CAW Working With Pride
dated June 29, 2001

       The Canadian Auto Workers Union took another precedent setting action in its on going fight to protect and advance human rights by entering a float in this year's Gay Pride Parade in Toronto Ontario on June 24th.
       The "Working With Pride" CAW float was the first time any union has sponsored an official float in the parade, a move the CAW believes will send a positive message to union members and the general public.

Sue Carter
CAW national Office

       "I think that it also says to all the people who are out here on the route there's about three quarters of a million people out here and we know they are all workers, too. So, when we say to them that there is a union that's proud to represent its gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and trans-gendered members, I think that sends a really loud strong message."

       The CAW participation in the parade may dispel some of the misconceptions the general public has about workers and their attitude towards the gay, lesbian bi-sexual and trans-gender community.


Peggy Nash
Assistant to CAW National President

       "Well, maybe this plays against the stereo type of workers being homophobic. I don't think they are. I think workers are generous and are human rights activists like in any other community and we are proud to be here. And if it helps pave the way for others to be proud as well, than that is great."




       CAW members who worked at building the float see it as a precedent setting action and one they feel will help people understand that the CAW is a union that supports all its members.


Mark Keir
CAW local 1285

       "Other unions are going to start putting floats in. I'm sure that next year and in the years to follow there's going to be other unions that are going to have floats in the parade."


Deb Wilson
CAW Local 444

       "It shows the lesbian gay, bi-sexual and trans-gender community and union members the support they have from our national union and I think people seeing this, they'll be more aware of what is going on in our union and hopefully open doors to more awareness."

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